Hey makers! Kelly here with another Question of the Week for ya.
We have officially entered the cozy season. Our hands are hustling to build our stock and keep up with orders. Some pieces we know like the back of our hands, the designs we have been making for years, the ones that have become our forever favourites. Others are less familiar; this season's shiny new accessories that bring us excitement and joy when we get to share them with the world.
Behind these designs, the old and the new, there is a process of how we created each and every one. That's what we're talking about this week. Are you ready? Let's hear from some makers about their creative processes.
When I'm creating a new design or piece, I sit down at my desk with pen in hand, and write all my brilliant thoughts down in my official notebook while the fantastic ideas come flooding in...(cue hysterical laughter). I would like to say my process for creating a new design or piece was organized, but it's really just a free-for-all.
Rarely do I sit down with the intention of conjuring up a new design. My ideas come sporadically, and inspiration often strikes at inconvenient times. That's why I have notes in my phone, on old envelopes, emailed to myself, scribbled on sticky notes, typed on my computer, scrawled on that scrap piece of paper I found in the bottom of my purse...I'm sure many of you makers can relate. But really, when we soak in ideas from all around us, how can we expect to have our ideas pop up right on schedule? Maker life, am I right?
At least from these scattered and disorganized notes, I can begin the next step: bringing those ideas to life. Sure, that scarf looks great in my head, but will it translate well to needles and yarn? Thus begins the days of trial and error. And more trial and error. And frogging, and groaning, and maybe crying a little bit on the inside. The tragedy, the rage, the disgrace when something doesn't work out. The creative process really is a roller coaster of emotions. This part is the most frustrating for me, when my hypothetical accessory actually just turns into a pile of sad, ripped out yarn for the sixth time. When you finally get it right though, the hard part is worth it.
Here's what Janelle of @lilfoxshoppe, Jazmin of @thatknitlife, Candace of @wolfandwillow.art, and Jenny of @loops.and.latte had to say about their creative process for designing a new piece!
What is your process for creating a new design or piece?
What is your process for creating a new design or piece? Tell us in the comments below, or tag us on our @ourmakerlife with #ourmakerlife with a picture of your maker life for a chance to be featured on our feed!
If you have a question in mind you would like to see answered by fellow makers, just send us a quick 'OML QOTW' email - we'd love to put together a QOTW with you.
Kelly, OML dream team
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind @knitbrooks: handmade modern knitwear inspired by nature’s endless beauty. After completing a photojournalism program, Kelly used both knitting and crocheting as a way to relax after a long day working as a reporter/photographer. This hobby has since transformed into a way to combine her love of creating fashionable knitwear, with her passion for photography, a cozy lifestyle, and her awe and admiration of the untouched wilderness.